Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: Water Safety Tips For Dogs

Water Safety Tips For Dogs

Water Safety Tips For Dogs

Summer temperatures have been heating up the DMV for a few weeks now and with that comes fun in the water. Summer is the perfect time to hit the pool, beach, or lake and many of us take our pups along with us. Below are some do’s and don’ts to make sure your dog enjoys the water and stays safe at the same time.

Water Safety Tips For Pets 

Teach your dog to swim – don’t force your dog into the water, this can create fear and once they’re scared the odds of overcoming it aren’t good. Introduce them to the water slowly in a shallow area and gradually work up. The earlier they learn how to swim the better they’ll be at it.


Water Safety Tips For Dogs


Not all breeds are meant to swim – some dogs such as retrievers and poodles are bred to work in the water and are often very easy to teach. On the other hand, bulldogs and other short-snouted breeds were not meant to be in the water. Their large chests make their front end heavy and they struggle to keep their head above water. Be very careful with them around water. There’s always an exception to the rule but, for the most part, only wading is recommended. Neither of our Frenchie’s can swim but, they love to wade! 

Water Safety For Pets During Summer 

Don’t let your dog out of your sight – teaching your dog the pool or other bodies are water are off limits unless you’re out with them is important. If you have a pool in your backyard or your home is right on the ocean or lake a fence is recommended to prevent them from going into the water without supervision. Anything can happen quickly when water is involved and always keeping your pet in view is important to make sure they stay safe at all times.


Water Safety Tips For Your Dogs


Don’t let your dog drink the water they’re swimming in – pool water contains chemicals and the salt in the ocean water will make your dog sick. There could be bacteria in lakes that causes an upset stomach so they’re off limits too. Have fresh water on hand so that your pup is able to stay hydrated and is less tempted to drink the water they’re playing in.


Dog Water Safety Tips


Rinse your dog off after they swim – the chemicals from the pool and the sand/salt from the ocean will likely irritate their skin. They’re also prone to grooming themselves after being in the water and can then ingest whatever is on their fur.


Summer Water Safety Tips For Dogs


Encourage your 4 legged friends to take plenty of breaks when playing in the water. Often times they’re having so much fun that they don’t stop to rest. With the right planning and using common sense, you and your pet will enjoy the water together all summer long. 




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Comment balloon 15 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • June 29 2018 06:40PM


Amanda, great tips for the pups this hot summer.   I see many pics of dogs in water on FB right now.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 10 months ago

HI Amanda... I love this post... people so often assume (wrongly) that all dogs swim naturally and love water! Water can pose many dangers to dogs.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 10 months ago

This is such important advice Amanda. Our furry friends like the water, but watching them carefully should be mandatory!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 10 months ago

I love dogs you are right they are all not meant to swim. Thanks for sharing the safety tips. I hope you have a Happy 4th of July.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 10 months ago

Good morning Amanda. I love this and these sweeties. Are thay your pooches?

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 10 months ago

Great tips and those are some very nice looking dogs that you have pictures of, I hope that everyone will follow these tips and dogs all over will stay safe around water.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 10 months ago

Good Morning Amanda,  Excellent blog and one that new dog owners should read for sure.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 10 months ago

Good afternoon Amanda-  good points about breeds. My sister’s golden retriever loves the water 

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 10 months ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson - These are some of the best tips I have ever seen for dogs around water. Of course I know you know your stuff being around animals all your life.  Thank you. I will reblog this later this month!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 10 months ago

Thanks for the tips, Amanda.  I'm not a dog owner so I didn't know about this.  I will share it with some that I know will find this info useful.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 10 months ago

Amanda S. Davidson - These are all great safety tips for dog owners.

If you weren't a Broker, I think you'd make an excellent Vet! Your dogs are so cute!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 10 months ago

Hi Amanda- - -this post makes a lot of sense to me.  Good job. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 10 months ago

Great tips Amanda. Folks forget that lakes can contain harmful bacteria. We won't let Mac swim during the hot summer months when algae blooms are an issue. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 10 months ago

Good morning Amanda S. Davidson, these are great tips. You're absolutely right, not all dogs can swim, they can act like they do though. Your fur babies are adorable! 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 9 months ago

Good morning Amanda S. Davidson,

I'm so glad that Sheri Sperry - MCNE® re-blogged your post..its excellent! I'm sure having a dad as a vet has helped but you really have a grasp for the safety tips that are important with your fur babies. Great info to share.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 9 months ago